Sheehan named faculty director for Penn State Smeal MBA, Executive MBA programs

August 19, 2014

Dennis Sheehan, the Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named faculty director of both the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

The faculty director is responsible for academic aspects of the programs, including curriculum, concentrations, global immersions and more.

Sheehan says that, in addition to day-to-day tasks of the job, he and the program leadership team will undertake the project of revising the MBA and EMBA programs.

“We’ll be looking at new possibilities for the programs across the board, including curriculum changes,” said Sheehan. “There are more options on the table now; online format capabilities are growing, and we want to gauge student and faculty interest in hybrid-format classes.”

Sheehan has much experience in the faculty director position. He originally became faculty director of the EMBA Program in 2001 then moved into the position of associate dean for MBA and EMBA Programs until 2011.

A long-time faculty member, Sheehan joined the Smeal College in 1992. Prior, he taught at Purdue University, the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, both in economics.

About the Penn State Smeal MBA Program
The internationally ranked residential Penn State Smeal MBA Program positions students from around the world for their future careers. The two-year program, based on the University Park campus, begins with a focus on business fundamentals. Through summer internships with top companies and concentration opportunities in areas such as finance, marketing, and supply chain management, students then personalize their Smeal MBA experiences to align with their career aspirations. Learn more at

About the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program
The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program provides working professionals with the learning, connections, resources, and experiences to accelerate their careers. The 21-month program features personalized executive coaching, intensive communication training, a weeklong international residency experience, and coursework focused on the unique challenges of the students’ firms. Classes are held on alternating weekends at the ACE Conference Center in suburban Philadelphia. Learn more at

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